“After this sort of traumatic event, people deeply need spiritual support,” said Mears. “Local churches, like St. Thomas’, can provide a safe space to talk through the grief and loss that people are feeling, and the churches can also work with families to meet their immediate physical needs. Pastoral care and immediate relief ideally go hand-in-hand.”
Although the data, culled from a telephone-based surveillance study, did not allow for an in-depth analysis of the reasons underlying end-of-life choices, religious beliefs appeared to play an important role. The authors found that patients who said that their life expectancy “was in God’s hands” were more willing to deplete their savings.
In his presidential address to the church’s governing body, Dr. Morgan laid out a plan for a thorough review of the Church in Wales, adding, “One thing that will help us as we embark on this process if we feel a bit threatened or beleaguered, is the knowledge that some of the issues we face are trivial in comparison with the problems faced by some of our sister churches in the Anglican Communion.” He also spoke about the Primates meeting in Dublin earlier in the year.
The beatification of Pope John Paul II this Sunday will probably be the biggest event in Rome since his death in April 2005, with at least 300,000 people expected to turn out for the ceremony and more than 2 million to take part in beatification-related activities in Rome
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